Ronald Kendall, Jr, passed away peacefully at home on August 21, 2020 surrounded by his loved ones, following a sudden brief but courageous battle with cancer. Ronnie (also known to others by his nickname, (Raz) was a native of and life-long resident of Harwich. He attended Harwich schools.
Ronnie is predeceased by his parents, Ronald and Barbara Kendall of Harwich, and his brother, Thomas Kendall of Harwich, his brother-in-law John Wilkerson, and nephew Charles Wilkerson. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Eliza Joslin Kendall; their two daughters, Allison and Cate Kendall; their two grandchildren, Kaiden Kendall and Madelyn Garbitt; his sister, Denise Peterson; his sisters and brother-in-laws Sarah Joslin and David Bird, Susan Joslin and Joe Hayes, Caroline Joslin, and sister-in-law Pamela Kendall; his aunts Claire Vendetti and Geraldine Dugan; and many cousins and their spouses, as well as nieces Joslin Wilkerson, Katherine Bird, Emily Bird, Tonja Laine, Samantha Kendall, and Stephanie Kendall and nephews Thomas Kendall, Jr. and Dylan Peterson. Ronnie also leaves countless furry animal friends at the family home in Harwich.
He loved all sports but especially watching football, baseball, car racing, and horse racing. He also played sports in high school, and according to his sister Denise he had many awards hanging in his room for the long jump, high jumps, and penmanship. He was an aspiring scientist with many experiments going on, and a nosy little sister who was always getting into his stuff-and he held his patience. He loved to build things and was very artistic and creative. One of his all-time favorite activities was going down to the local harbors and watching the fishing boats come in. If not at the harbor, he was often seen around town in his little white truck, putting along (people-watching) with a trail of cars to follow.
Ronnie and Eliza loved traveling in the RVs. They traveled to Florida every year with their children, and continued the practice after the children were grown. Every trip was started with the singing of "On the Road Again," and, when coming home, the "The Two of Us."
Ronnie was born on March 23, 1957 in Hyannis and married Eliza Joslin Kendall in 1985. He started working as a teen for his grandfather's business, Kendall Gardens. Later, he worked for his father at RJ Kendall and Sons Asphalt Paving business. He also was a commercial fisherman, and was part of the crew on several different fishing boats. Lastly, he worked aside his wife Eliza at their Event Rental business, Leave It with Liza LLC / Eliza J Portable Restrooms.
Ronnie's family intends to have a celebration of his life, but due to the Corona Virus it will take place late next spring or early summer at Mattakeese Wharf Restaurant in Barnstable. An announcement will be made at that time.
Ronnie was a friend of Bill W. and spent many devoted years by providing service work, sponsorship, and lending an ear to the care of himself and of others in Recovery. He was a very active member in the program and will be missed dearly. Many looked to him for direction and valued his guidance. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made in his memory to the Cape Cod Inter- Group, and/or Gosnold, Inc.
Notes of comfort may be made to his family at www.MorrisOConnorBlute.com